Brewers clinch NL Central, condemn Mets to losing record
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers won their second NL Central title in four seasons, beating the sloppy New York Mets 8-4 on Sunday. Willy Adames’s 2-run homer and three RBIs helped them win.
Josh Hader pitched a perfect ninth inning, retiring Brandon Nimmo on a game-ending flyout to left fielder Christian Yelich and sending the Brewers running onto the field to celebrate as the crowd of 43,430 erupted into cheers.
“It is a great achievement for this organization, and for this team,” Hader stated. We had many ups and downs but that’s all part of the baseball team. They fight for each other. That’s what it’s about.”
Brewers manager Craig Counsell often describes the team as resilient.
” We never give up,” Hader stated. Think about this week. After being swept by the Cardinals, we turned the tables and beat the Mets. That’s what it comes down to, not getting down on ourselves and continue to play at the level we can.”
The Brewers are 94-62, winning 90+ games for the ninth time in franchise history.
” We gave ourselves a chance to do it today,” Counsell stated. Counsell said, “That’s because this series was great.” It’s a roller coaster always, but you get up in the 90s in in wins, that means you’re doing it all year long.”
Milwaukee sent the Mets (73-82) skidding to their 10th loss in 11 games. They are on their third five-game losing streak and were swept for the 10th time this season.
A day after New York was eliminated from postseason contention in their first season under new owner Steven Cohen, the Mets (73-82) made three errors and were assured of a losing season for the fourth time in five years.
Milwaukee, which also won the NL Central in 2011 and ’18, already was assured of its fourth straight postseason berth. After losing at the wild card stage in 2019 and ’20, the Brewers will rest after the end of the regular season before starting the Division Series on Oct. 8.
Yelich expressed delight at being able to celebrate at his home with the fans, despite last season’s COVID restrictions. He said, “It’s amazing.” “Compared to last year, we made the playoffs, but we weren’t allowed to do any of this stuff.”
Freddy Peralta (10-5) won for the first time since Aug. 10, ending a skid in which he went 0-2 in five starts. In 5 1/3 innings, he allowed five runs and four hits.
Peralta started with a. 162 opponents’ batting average is on track to be one of the best since 1920..
Carlos Carrasco (1-4), gave up five runs and seven hits in four innings.
New York, in its second season under manager Luis Rojas, led the NL East for 90 days but is 17-34 since the start of August.
A day after striking out four times, Francisco Lindor hit his 18th homer in the first. Peralta allowed it to be his fourth home run in the first inning in five previous starts.
Kolten Wong walked leading off the bottom half and Adames hit a 424-foot drive for his 24th homer.
Milwaukee took a 5-1 lead after Yelich scored an RBI groundout. Eduardo Escobar also hit a double.
Javier Baez scored a two-run run in the fourth. Lindor’s 10th error of the season led to two runs in the sixth, and Alonso contributed a misplay at first. We’re pleased that we achieved this first step but we know there is still much to do,” Adames stated. “We have to continue to compete.”
The start was delayed 32 minutes as the Brewers honored All-Star left fielder Ryan Braun, who didn’t play this year and announced his retirement this month.
Mets 3B J.D. Davis was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left hand, a hand that has bothered him for most of the season. … RHP Sean Reid-Foley was activated from the 60-day IL after recovering from elbow inflammation. … OF Albert Almora Jr. has been designated for assignment.
Brewers – Devin Williams was hurt by a strain in his right calf and pitched a perfect eighth.
Mets: RHP Marcus Stroman (9-13, 3. 00) and the Mets host Miami on Tuesday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
Brewers: After an off day Monday, RHP Brandon Woodruff (9-10, 2. 52 ERA) faces RHP Adam Wainwright (16-7, 3. 05) and the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a three-game road series.
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